12:34:00, Fri 11 Dec 2015

All Blacks success celebrated at 2015 Steinlager Rugby Awards

The All Blacks have swept the major awards at tonight’s Steinlager Rugby Awards following their historic back-to-back Rugby World Cup triumph in the United Kingdom last month.The World Champions have been crowned the adidas Team of the Year for the fifth year in a row. All Blacks centurion Ma’a Nonu is this year’s winner of the Kelvin R. Tremain Player of the Year award after an outstanding final year in the black jersey.  Nonu was a huge presence from start to finish this season. Always dangerous on attack, he scored five Super Rugby tries, an incredible double against Australia to secure the Bledisloe Cup in Auckland and a phenomenal try in the World Cup Final.Now playing in France, Nonu said in a video message; "I've really been humbled and grateful to be part of the All Blacks and representing my country." After thanking coaches and players, he had a special word for fans. "Very g...

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13:30:00, Thu 19 Nov 2015

Richie McCaw retires from rugby

Richie McCaw has today confirmed he is hanging up his boots and retiring from professional rugby.The 34-year-old All Blacks captain and most capped All Black of all time has drawn the curtain on his stunning international career which started in Dublin 14 years ago, almost to the day, and ended in London last month when he hoisted the Webb Ellis...

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10:03:00, Mon 6 Jul 2015

All Blacks team announced to play Samoa

The All Blacks team for the historic Test against Manu Samoa in Apia on Wednesday July 8 has been named, with George Moala to make his Test debut on the wing.  A further three new All Blacks have been named on the reserves bench: prop Nepo Laulala, halfback Brad Weber and midfielder Charlie Ngatai. The team is: (with caps in brackets.  New All ...

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10:36:00, Mon 22 Jun 2015

All Blacks 41-man squad announcement

The All Blacks squad for the Samoa Test, Investec Rugby Championship and extra Bledisloe Cup Test has been announced today by All Blacks selectors Steve Hansen, Ian Foster and Grant Fox, with the selectors unveiling an exciting mix of experienced players and new, young talent. The key feature of the 41-man strong squad is the selection of fiv...

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16:19:00, Thu 14 May 2015

All Blacks clash on Saturday

There is no doubt that the All Black selectors will be watching with great interest when many top class players come up against each other in the epic clash in Wellington this Saturday night between the Hurricanes and the Chiefs. It will be the first time that Sonny Bill Williams and Ma’a Nonu have opposed each other since Williams left NZ Rugb...

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13:02:00, Wed 22 Apr 2015

Exciting year for All Blacks selectors

With just under three months until the All Blacks play their first Test of the year, a historic match against Samoa in Apia, there are certainly some big Investec Super Rugby games to be played and important selection decisions to be made.   The question on the minds of many New Zealanders this year is; will Steve Hansen and the All Blacks sele...

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12:55:00, Wed 22 Apr 2015

New Zealand Rugby Remembers WW1

Fans attending New Zealand Investec Super Rugby matches this weekend are urged to arrive early as the teams will be marking Anzac Day with tributes to remember 100 years since Australian and New Zealand soldiers landed at Gallipoli.Commemorations at all five Investec Super Rugby matches involving New Zealand and Australian teams will include res...

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17:03:00, Mon 23 Mar 2015

Super Rugby starting to take shape

Super Rugby has been at the forefront of the rugby news across the country this week as teams are shaping up a third of the way through to the regular season. Here’s a quick overview of New Zealand franchises: The Hurricanes are continuing to flourish, and still remain unbeaten in this season’s competition. The team had a tough contest against...

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09:02:00, Fri 27 Feb 2015

Milestones mount during Super Rugby

With Rugby World Cup 2015 fast approaching, Steve Hansen and the All Blacks selectors have plenty of rugby to watch over the coming months. It will be a reassuring factor knowing that many of the players who fronted for the All Blacks in 2014 are continuing to crack milestones in 2015 on a regular basis a vital factor in such an important season...

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16:57:00, Tue 10 Feb 2015

Conrad Smith looking forward to swansong year in New Zealand

Accolades are flowing for the All Blacks most capped centre and Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith, who has today confirmed he is leaving New Zealand rugby at the end of the 2015 season. 33-year-old Smith will join French club Pau on a two-year deal at the end of what will be his 12th season of professional rugby in New Zealand. "I have loved my ...

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